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Release Date: Jun 2, 2009

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About This Game

Play with Life.

Create the lives you've always wanted!

Ready to live a freer, more creative life? In The Sims™ 3, you can let your fantasies run wild as you design your ideal world. Start with your Sim, refining each shape, color and personality trait until you get the precise person that pleases you. Design your dream home, but don’t let a grid limit you; place, rotate and stack furniture and walls freely and to your heart’s content.

Once the “hard work” is over, it’s time to be a mentor. Guide your Sim’s path through life, developing a career, finding love, and pursuing dreams and desires. Spending time with friends and family is just as important as mastering painting or accumulating knowledge.

Take things to the next level and record movies of your Sim’s adventures and share them with the ever-growing and thriving community. With a huge catalog of expansion packs and fun objects to discover, there is no end to the possibilities awaiting you. It all begins here; your adventure awaits!

Key Features

  • Customize Your Sim: Mix and match a vast range of facial features and body types to get the look you want. Infuse your Sim with personality traits and help realize their dreams.
  • Stage Your Own Extreme Makeover: Decorate your Sim’s home however you want, neat or messy. Use odd angles, create tall stacks of items, and apply your favorite self-made pattern to the walls and floors.
  • Range From the Home: Get out of the house and explore the lively and entertaining neighborhood for the first time. Be a part of the larger online community!

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System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP (Service Pack 2) or Windows Vista (Service Pack 1)
    • Processor: (XP) 2.0 GHz P4 processor or equivalent; (Vista) 2.4 GHz P4 processor or equivalent
    • Memory: (XP) 1 GB; (Vista) 1.5 GB
    • Graphics: 128 MB Video Card with support for Pixel Shader 2.0
    • DirectX®:
    • Hard Drive: At least 6.5 GB of hard drive space with at least 1 GB additional space for custom content
    • Sound:
    • Built-in Graphics:
      • Intel Integrated Chipset, GMA X3000 or above.
      • 2.6 GHz Pentium D CPU, or 1.8 GHz Core 2 Duo, or equivalent
      • 0.5 GB additional RAM
    • Supported Video Cards:Nvidia GeForce series: FX5900 or greater, G100, GT 120, GT 130, GTS 150, GTS 250, GTX 260, GTX 275, GTX 280, GTX 285, GTX 295; ATI Radeon™ series: ATI Radeon 9500 series of greater, X300, X600, X700, X800, X850, X1300, X1600, X1800, X1900, X1950, 2400, 2600, 2900, 3450, 3650, 3850, 3870, 4850, 4870 series or greater; Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA): GMA 3-Series, GMA 4-Series
    • *Please note that the GeForce 6100 and 7100 cards are not supported
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
68 of 73 people (93%) found this review helpful
91 people found this review funny
24.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 22
The job I'll never have.
The house I'll never be capable to buy.
The car I'll never be capable to pay.
The girlfriend that friendzoned me.
The life that I dreamed.
10/10 would feel depressed again.
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425 of 616 people (69%) found this review helpful
242 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 20
Game is fun
Goes -75%
adds all dlc to cart
Nope not fun enough
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22 of 22 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
120.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 27
Five years, eight expansion packs, and eight "stuff" packs after The Sims 2. Considering all the development and content released for The Sims 2, it seems strange that The Sims 3 could be anything more than a retelling of the same story. However, with the addition of some new features and improvements on older ones, The Sims 3 may just be the best game in the series.

Despite its upgraded graphics and features, The Sims 3 very much remains true to fans of the series. Veterans will have absolutely no problem diving in and getting to it. The user interface has remained mostly unchanged, which is a good thing considering how well it manages to take the complexities of the game and making them manageable.

The game is also easy to learn for the newcomers. A brief tutorial helps introduce the user interface and features to the player, and it does an efficient job of it too. Once completed, "lessons" are available to the player in case they ever need a refresher. But, to The Sims 3's credit, these helpful tutorials don't even seem necessary considering how sleek and intuitive the game's controls are.

Once again, the developers chose not to deviate from the familiar when it came to how players control the action in the game. Managing your sims is mostly down to using the mouse and following through dialogue bubbles and text trees. Keyboard shortcuts provide a quicker alternative to those who care to memorize them. The sims are governed by six needs in this third edition, as opposed to eight in earlier versions. The removal of "Environment" and "Comfort," coupled with a minor tweaks to how the needs fluctuate, results in players being able to enjoy the many intricacies and events in the game much more than in previous titles.

The visuals and music are a step up from previous Sims games. Not only are the music tracks varied and interesting, but the player can choose which tracks get played and when. If you'd prefer to hear the indie tracks while in general "living mode," then make it so; if you'd rather hear rock tracks while your sim is at work, you can. The Sims 3 doesn't boast the greatest visuals out there, but its host of new features and gameplay options certainly pick up the slack - what little there is.

Of all the new features and improvement that can be found in The Sims 3, perhaps the most talked and enthused about is the persistent towns in which your sims will live. Over are the days in which loading screens interrupted your sims' trips to work or movies. Now, players have the option of zooming out and in to any place in town, allowing them to see what is taking place. You'll be able to see other sims jogging on the sidewalks, sitting on benches in the park, or hanging out at the beach. Traveling is no longer a matter of leaving one area and suddenly appearing in another. Your sim can drive, call a cab, or even jog to the location if you choose. One minor drawback to the persistent town is how taxing it can be on the player's computer. Rendering an entire town at once is no small feat, but avoiding it altogether because of that would have been a mistake.

There were also improvements made to the "create-a-sim" tools. Players can now customize their sims' initial physical characteristics, clothing styles, and personality traits to a level of detail greater than before. Varied hairstyles, clothing options for different occasions, and customizable patterns and color options are just a few examples of the ways in which players can create unique-looking sims. Once finished with the appearance aspect, however, The Sims 3 has added personality traits, which allow players to determine how their sim behaves and reacts with other sims. Picking certain traits unlock different options for communicating with other sims and can even impact what types of careers the sim will excel at. And, for every positive trait there is a negative trait, so it is entirely possible to create some truly diabolical or demented sims.

The rewards system in The Sims 3 is also a nice change. When creating sims, players will have to select a long-term goal, which the sim will strive to meet. Moreover, during the game players will be able to choose up to four short-term goals for their sim to complete. Some goals are as simple as taking out the trash or reading a book, while others may be a little more complex, such as discovering another sim's personality traits. When completed, each short-term goal adds life-time happiness points to the sim's happiness meter.

Once enough happiness points are accumulated, the player can spend them on lifetime rewards that can benefit the sim. For example, accumulating 10,000 points allows the player to unlock the "Steel Bladder" reward, which means their sim won't have to go to the bathroom as often. There is no penalty incurred for not completing a short-term goal, and even if a goal has been set, it can be dropped and replaced by another one at any time, allowing players to change their minds and still dictate what happens.

Despite all of the added features and persistent world, The Sims 3 oddly leaves out the intimate view of your career. When players send their sim off to work, they can watch as far as the door to the building, at which point the sim enters and the player is given an aerial view of the building until the sim's shift ends. Behavior options are available while the sim is at work, which affects the productivity and chances of promotion. For example, as a police officer, the player can set their sim to "Chat with Partner," which improves their relationship with their partner, but doesn't increase their chances of promotion as quickly as say setting their behavior to "Work hard." This system does give the player some control over their sims' career on a day-to-day basis, but seems strange in comparison to the amount of depth found in other areas.

Another interesting and mildly irritating limitation is how a sim can only have one career at a time, despite whether work shifts overlap or not. If one shift ends at 2 p.m. and the other begins at 3 p.m., why should you not be able to work two careers at once if you want? Sure, working two jobs in real life isn't fun at all, and maybe this was the thinking behind limiting a sim to one career, but if you want to make your sim a work-a-holic with two jobs and no social life, then the option should be there.

While The Sims 3 continues the tradition of a solely offline and single-player experience, the continuation of social networking features remains as strong as ever. The Sims 3 launcher allows players to do a variety of things such as upload their own content, including individual sims, objects, houses, public buildings, and entire towns. Players have the option of creating their own player page, which includes a blog and an area to display all their created content for sharing.

The Sims 3 was a huge undertaking and it shows. The core gameplay remains largely unchanged, with minor tweaks and improvements that unquestionably add to the fun. Enhanced visuals and an expectedly good soundtrack excel at creating truly immersive moments, especially when moving around the largely persistent world. Even though there are areas that lack the level of detail and depth of the game as a whole, they still provide options to the player that keep the game from running into issues, which makes them identifiable as areas for improvement rather than a complete overhaul.

If you're a fan of the series, then The Sims 3 will deliver all that you've come to expect and throw in a ton of new ideas, even if the amount of extra toppings doesn't seem as vast. Newcomers to the series take note: if you've ever thought about playing The Sims, but were overwhelmed by the many expansion and "stuff" packs on the shelves, fear not; The Sims 3 is your window of opportunity.
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14 of 14 people (100%) found this review helpful
73.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 21
I had played the Sims, The Sims 2, The Sims 3, and The Sims 4.

Of course, I've been playing the Sims 4 since it came out, and despite all the content, it's lacking more content, you get me? Then I see the Sims 3 on sale here on steam and I thought, hey, why not buy a bunch?

So far, worth it.

It's pretty nostalgic and exciting to play the Sims 3 again. There's just so much content on this one than the Sims 4 (they really need to catch up a lot). The one thing that I missed about this was the colorpicker. Creativy is much more flexible here and the imagination is endless. Then there was the open world aspect of just this huge town and city, no loading screens whatsoever. It's just.... Ahhhh, relieving.

On the other hand, the Sims 4 was a little more entertaining with all the hype graphics and awesome changes, especially the sex and gender where a sim's sex would be male but identified himself as female, or vice versa. Gameplay is less laggy for me than the sims 3, probably because it wasn't open world.

Either way, it's hard to compare and contrast both worlds, since "one was born from the last." They're both so good if you can really play it right.

Overall, I like them both. So worth to play The Sims 3 again.

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21 of 30 people (70%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
59.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 21
Fun game, or should I say would have been a fun game. However, even at 75% price is about $100 total with all bundles and this does not include the ingame micros. I'm giving it a thumbs down not because of the gameplay but its about the price.
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34 of 54 people (63%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
20.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 20
Complete game costs 400 dollars.
Also you need to install a bunch of mods to keep it from crashing constantly.
Not worth 400 dollars.
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30 of 47 people (64%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 22
So disappointed. I'm a struct engineer and just want to create a house and experiment with the look and feel. I bought the Sims through steam and wow.... It's like buying a demo. Everywhere you click "HEY, UPGRADE FOR 2000 SIM COINS!" Did I buy this game? It certainly doesn't feel like it.

This is unacceptable. It doesn't feel like a game, if feels like a torrent site filled with adds. I'll never support this franchise - greedy pigs. Disgusting.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
7.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 21
First and foremost, Sims 3 is a nice game. I don't like how much dlc it has but the base game itself is fun. Since it's on sale, I went ahead and got the bundle. I suggest you do the same before it's too late. The price for everything kept me from getting this game for the longest time and now's the time to grab everything. Personally though, I'd just grab the base game and maybe the bundle. One other complaints I have by the way is that the game tends to crash from time to time. In about 3 or so hours I've had two crashes. It doesn't break the game for me but it that bit definitely isn't fun.

On to the game itself, it's precisely what you'd think it is. A Simulation. A simulation of the day to day lives of people. I like to think of it as a doll maker that let's you take it a step further by letting you watch your characters come to life and follow their dreams, aspirations, and then die a hilariously human death. The game can feel a little off putting upon first starting it up. After my first hour, I felt rather unsure of what to do next. I had created two characters based on a favorite book of mine, "Good Omens," and then had them move into this house out near the country. I contemplated whether or not this game was for me but when I was a child my sister had Sims 2. I remember enjoying it so much that it got me to stop playing World of Warcraft for a few days. That was truly quite the feat back then! After spending some more time with Sims 3, I now know why it temporarily broke my addiction back then. Because the Sims too is a fun and addictive just like my all time favorite game WoW! Now then, Sim 2 isn't Sims 3 per-say but it's just as I remember it. You got a few characters, have them go to work and do basic upkeep, form relationships, etc... Every little virtual day they grow more and more. Heck, after a few hours with this game I feel hyped up to go clean my house, continue working on my skills, and follow my career. Let's play the Sims first though heh...

All in all, I recommend Sims 3. It's a classic game franchise that's both fun and relaxing in nature. Perhaps one of the nicest things about this game is that it's a game anyone can enjoy. There's no tremendous learning curve, no brutal challenges, and no end in sight! Unless you count crashes but still... Play as you wish and there's no rush. If you've been looking for something to relax with, maybe get a little creative, or perhaps take a break from constantly dying in other games, then Sims 3 is for you!
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
27.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 21
Okay so everyones doing this it´s my turn.

-After 8 hours game finally installs
-creates fat & bald guy
-goes to university
-makes a friend
-dares that friend to divide by 0
-friend started burning
-friend is dead.

11/10 would math again
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11 of 16 people (69%) found this review helpful
18 people found this review funny
67.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 21
i married a wich moved into her house kicked out her family destroyed the house and everything in it for money then i rebuilt the house and forced her to usem magic to set the lawn on fire making tons of money off the insurance 10/10 would insurance fraud again
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1.3 hrs
Posted: October 20
I am so dissapointed with this game. All it does is crash and won't connect, feels like I wasted money on this game.
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70.9 hrs
Posted: October 20
The best game eveeer
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61.0 hrs
Posted: October 20
Had Sims 1/2/3 and I like this one the best. love the opportunities and throw in a few mods it's just awesome
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42.3 hrs
Posted: October 20
Oh it's fun until you try to build a house. Then ♥♥♥♥ just goes straight to Hell. Stacking stairs is virtually impossible That alone is reason enough not to buy this garbage. I hear Sims 4 is even worse, believe it or not.
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Baka Lang
36.5 hrs
Posted: October 19
Super fun and the best of the series! Has high replay value and the game is fun if YOU make it fun. :D
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14.0 hrs
Posted: October 19
Addictive, sometime I stay up just to play it
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201.6 hrs
Posted: October 19
love this game tons of hours of play
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63.1 hrs
Posted: October 18
This is a cool game, however, it takes up alot of space and i cannot play it anymore,when I could, it was awesome. I totally reconmmend this game! I am yet to find out how to install it on a memory stick
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Ze Kitty Kat
248.9 hrs
Posted: October 18
Really enjoy playing this game! although most of the basic themes are much older it is still very fun to play; it is one of my favorite games! ^w^
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114.0 hrs
Posted: October 18
Absolutely addicted to this one! This is the best between the Sims 2, which is very good, and the Sims 4, that in my opinion it has a long way to go!!
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